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The Death of Empress Zhen: Fiction and Historiography in Early Medieval China

Robert Joe Cutter
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 112, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1992), pp. 577-583
DOI: 10.2307/604472
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/604472
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Examination of an interpolation in Li Shan's Wen xuan commentary shows that the information contained therein, while fictitious insofar as it portrays a romantic attachment between Empress Zhen and Cao Zhi, is more plausible in the matter of her death. Her biography in Chen Shou's San guo zhi and works quoted in Pei Songzhi's commentary bear this out. A dissenting and dubious description of her death in Wang Chen's Wei shu offers a contrast to the historiographical integrity of Chen and Pei.

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